Is Sulfur a Metal?


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Sulfur is not a metal. According to Wikipedia, sulfur is defined as a multivalent nonmetal. It is a nonmetal because it has the physical and chemical properties that characterize nonmetals.

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Like all nonmetals, sulfur is a poor conductor of heat and electricity because its electrons are tightly held and are not free to move around. However, this physical property makes sulfur a good insulator.

Nonmetals such as sulfur have lower densities than metals, high ionization energies and high electronegativities. Sulfur easily gains electrons, does not have a metallic luster and is brittle in solid form. Sulfur oxidizes most metals and acts a reducing agent.

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